A solid-gold cross depicting Jesus with his arms outstretched may be Denmark’s oldest crucifix, dating back more than 1,100 years.
The gorgeous pendant was unearthed in March by a hobbyist with a metal detector. Found in a field on the island of Funen, Denmark, the Viking jewelry piece may have been worn by a Viking woman, according to the Viking Museum at Ladby, where the pendant was on display.
“It’s a completely sensational find that dates back to the first half of the 900s,” Malene Refshauge Beck, a curator and archaeologist at Østfyns Museum, told the Danish newspaper DR Nyheder. “This object will definitely need to figure in future history books as it could alter the period when it is believed that Danes became Christian.” Read more.